UAMS has received $255,000 in American Rescue Plan funds for a food security initiative with AmeriCorps, the federal agency for national service and volunteerism.
The grant, provided through the AmeriCorps VISTA initiative, will fund efforts to help the hungry in rural and urban areas of Arkansas for the next three years.
UAMS is recruiting up to 25 AmeriCorps members to serve in the program to support food security organizations across the state, according to a news release. Their work will focus on support for the charitable food system and local agriculture and production programs.
"AmeriCorps VISTA Food Security Initiative service members will build the capacity of our partner organizations to best serve their communities," Pearl McElfish, division director of the UAMS Office of Community Health & Research, said in a news release. "Access to healthy foods is key to building thriving communities, and we are thrilled to bring this program to Arkansas."